Today is my 9th day of no jogging. I've biked a ton during the break though (I bought an Independent Fabrications steel hardtail mountain bike on Craigslist- I've wanted this frame since I used to work and sell them in a bike shop in Seattle in 99'.. it came with a full XTR group and I stripped it down and rebuilt it in to a single speed ~front brake only.. it weighs 19 pounds and is sweet! I-fabs are top of the line old school).
Tomorrow will be 30 weeks out from California International and I am glad that I took a break now. I know that my training will be much stronger later in the year when I need it to be. I'll get back to it tomorrow and will restart my previous plan which I failed to execute.. start at the basics with MAF HR 140-150 for a few weeks then test. Then progress up to HR closer to AeT until I plateau. I plateaued before my break and I'll get back to that fitness very quickly. Volume will once again be my focus.
It seems I came back from my trip to the desert in a different state of mind. Maybe it was the non-stop Neil Young that I played? I look at running a little bit differently right now.. more relaxed about it. I think I'll run with a little more thoughtfulness in regards to why I move and want to move often.